Steam Era Freight Cars





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Type American Car and Foundry "Type 27" oil tank cars
Description The car on the left is a 10,000 gallon car, owned by Union Tank Car Line (reporting mark UTLX). The center car is another 10,000 gallon car operated by General American Transportation Co. (GATX). The last one is an 8000 gallon car from Shiper's Car Line (SHPX).

The 10,000 gallon version of AC&F's 1927 model tank car (popularly known as the Type 27) greatly outnmbered the 8000 gallon model, unlike earlier types, where the 8000 gallon model was the most popular.

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Claudioscar

These tank cars won the February 2002 Claudioscar for Best Freight Car. Thanks Claudio!


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Type AT&SF Steel Caboose
Description Santa Fe built 700 of these cabooses (called "way cars" by the ATSF) between 1927 and 1942. They virtually replaced earlier wooden cars on all mainline freights. This particular drawing represents a car in the 1875 - 2000 road number series, built in 1930 and 1931.
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Rebuilt cars
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New-built cars
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Type Santa Fe Refrigerator Dispatch steel ice-bunker refrigerator cars
Description In the late 1930s, SFRD (the refrigerator operating subsidiary od the AT&SF railroad) began to modernize it's fleet of 40-foot ice bunker reefer cars. First, they began to rebuild wooden cars with new steel sides. These cars kept their deep underframes. Later SFRD bought new steel cars from AC&F.

The most distinctive thing about most of these cars was the "Billboard" lettering, applied to the sides, advertising Santa Fe's freight and passenger services. The ten images in this set represent many (but not all) of the variations used. They are, starting from top left...

No slogan (the earliest rebuilt cars)

AT&SF system map with "Santa Fe, All The Way"

"Ship and Travel Santa Fe, All The Way"

"The Super Chief to California"

"El Capitain, Coach Streamliner West"

"The Grand Canyon Line"

"Ship and Travel Santa Fe, All The Way"

"Route Of The Super Chief, All Pullman Chicago-Los Angeles Streamliner"

"The Chief, All Pullman Streamliner West"

"The Grand Canyon Line"

The "Map" (pre 1947) or "Ship and Travel" slogans were used on one side of each car, with one of the train name slogans on the other.
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